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  1. #1 Some ob-gyns in South Florida turn away overweight women 
    Some ob-gyns in South Florida turn away overweight women

    By Bob LaMendola
    Sun Sentinel
    Posted: 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    In a nation with 93 million obese people, a few ob-gyn doctors in South Florida now refuse to see otherwise healthy women solely because they are overweight.

    Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight cut-offs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity and turn down women who are heavier.

    Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can't handle people over a certain weight. But at least six said they were trying to avoid obese patients because they have a higher risk of complications.

    "People don't realize the risk we're taking by taking care of these patients," said Dr. Albert Triana, whose two-physician practice in South Miami declines patients classified as obese. "There's more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in GYN surgeries and in [pregnancies]."

    Plantation ob-gyn partners Jeffrey Solomon and Isabel Otero-Echandi turn down any woman weighing more than 250 pounds.

    Solomon and Otero don't want to begin seeing heavy women and then have to send them to specialists if they later develop problems, said their office manager, who asked not to be named. The two doctors, like several of the others with weight cutoffs, declined to comment.

    "This is not a high-risk practice," the office manager said. "They are not experts in obesity."

    Turning down overweight people is not illegal for doctors, but the policy worried leaders of physician groups, medical ethics experts and advocates for the obese, all of whom said it violates the spirit of the medical profession.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I don't blame them .Have you ever been near one of those wildebeest in hot weather .
    Those are cold weather woman only !
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    I don't blame them .Have you ever been near one of those wildebeest in hot weather .
    Those are cold weather woman only !

    You really have very little in the way of decency. I think that when someone makes personal remarks about the appearance of other people, he should have to post a verified photo of himself.
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    I'm sure that refusing to see overweight patients is some kind of ethics violation, and possibly is even illegal. I know the State of Florida has a licensing department or bureau to enforce that kind of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    You really have very little in the way of decency. I think that when someone makes personal remarks about the appearance of other people, he should have to post a verified photo of himself.
    Of Megi? No one wants to see that. :eek:
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I'm sure that refusing to see overweight patients is some kind of ethics violation, and possibly is even illegal. I know the State of Florida has a licensing department or bureau to enforce that kind of thing.
    I would think so as well, but if it's based on equipment concerns then probably not. If their equipment can't handle a 400lb woman, then what are they supposed to do?
    In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.

    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    I would think so as well, but if it's based on equipment concerns then probably not. If their equipment can't handle a 400lb woman, then what are they supposed to do?
    Get a referral to a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, I would think. I don't think people appreciate the problems associated with treating 400 pound people. It's not just that the equipment like ultrasounds that won't work, it's everything. Drug dosages aren't linear for the obese, it's a specialty in itself. Even delivering drugs can be a problem if the doc can't find the landmarks for an epidural, for instance.

    Then there are the lawsuits if things go wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Get a referral to a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, I would think. I don't think people appreciate the problems associated with treating 400 pound people. It's not just that the equipment like ultrasounds that won't work, it's everything. Drug dosages aren't linear for the obese, it's a specialty in itself. Even delivering drugs can be a problem if the doc can't find the landmarks for an epidural, for instance.

    Then there are the lawsuits if things go wrong.
    Exactly. I can't blame them for turning them away. These people won't take care of themselves, and they should put their career on the line for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I'm sure that refusing to see overweight patients is some kind of ethics violation, and possibly is even illegal. I know the State of Florida has a licensing department or bureau to enforce that kind of thing.
    Refusing to treat obese people also means that you are de facto turning down blacks and hispanics disproportionately. The discrimination laws generally are held that if you do something which results in racial/ethnic discrimination then you are guilty of discrimination, even if your act wasn't deliberately aimed at discriminating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    You really have very little in the way of decency. I think that when someone makes personal remarks about the appearance of other people, he should have to post a verified photo of himself.
    Are you holding yourself up as a model of decency and ethical behavior after the things you've posted ?....Did I perhaps hit a nerve, are you one of the big fat women who were rejected ?
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